The fleeting nature of Jazz performances is central to my work. The impending end of a song or set allows me to work quickly. The rapid pace often dictates my choice of materials. When Caran d’Ache crayons are not appropriate, I use a sharp implement on a scratch-board. By working in a dim venue, my color palette is limited. My drawing boards are small and fit easily on my lap as I work in a confined space. I have developed a short hand of details to create an identifiable image.
Performances and process are not the only things that are fleeting. Many of the performers I have drawn have since passed away. My drawings have documented their illustrious careers. It is essential to have each performer sign their respective piece. I give them one of my drawings so that my artistic spirit will go with them. I am not sure of the full extent of my work until I get them to my home studio and see them under the bright lights. Once I select one that I wish to fully realize, I rework and complete the image. It is finally scanned into a computer application which I then turn into a Giclee fine art digital print, through which the colors become more vivid.